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Henry Tudor’s rather unexpected victory at Bosworth should also be seen as an act of usurpation. It was vitally important that the Tudors linked the usurpation of 1483 with Richard’s death at Bosworth. By claiming that Henry had been an instrument of God’s wrath against a usurper, he was able to disguise his own opportunistic power-grab as an act of justice. The Black Legend was an essential tool of Tudor propaganda because it masked a ludicrously flimsy claim to the throne. Henry Tudor’s claim to the throne was even weaker than Richard’s. | Richard III, David Hipshon

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